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Leavey School of Business Santa Clara University


BUSN 70: Contemporary Business Issues

Get a sneak peak at what this introductory business course has to offer incoming business students.

BUSN 70 is an introductory business course with the emphasis on the objectives of the contemporary business firm and its relationship to the modern business environment.  As an incoming student, you will be given opportunities to learn directly from seasoned Silicon Valley executives about the nature, structures, and objectives of how to properly operate a contemporary business and to be inspired by their tremendous passion towards the subject.

“BUSN 70 really opened my eyes to the endless possibilities of a business degree from the Leavey School of Business," said Nicole Kim, a Peer Educator for the course. "You’ll learn the foundations of anything and everything in business from preparing financial statements to fostering a company culture. The best part about BUSN 70 is that each professor has extensive, unique experiences from the business world that they actively incorporate into the classroom in engaging, hands-on, and discussion-based activities.”

Part of the BUSN 70 curriculum is a business simulation called Mike’s Bikes. Professor Tim Harris describes the project as "a comprehensive business simulation that is interesting, complex and challenging. It is a great way to experience many of the aspects of running a business and making critical strategic and tactical business decisions (such as price, product, marketing, capacity, etc), without the potential real life downside. It is a favorite experience for many of the students.”

Nicole Kim also reflects on her Mike’s Bikes experience saying, “Mike’s Bikes is all about utilizing your accumulated knowledge from the quarter in lifelike decision-making for a firm. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes - this simulation is all about learning through trial and error and having fun with it!”


In the fall of 2020, nine professors taught BUSN 70. Find links to their bios below.

Ruth Welch Tim Harris Michael Holubar
Tanya Monsef Abha Singhvi Theresa Strickland
Michael Smith  Craig Martin Jim Burns
Ahmed Rubaie